Friday, May 11, 2012

Alec Soth at ICP, NYC

Nice to see a copy of The Pond and Auckland Project on the table
On Monday evening of this week the ICP Library Committee hosted photographer and publisher of Little Brown Mushroom, Alec Soth, for an intimate seminar. 
Alec Soth spoke about his artistic practice and the books that have had a meaningful influence upon his life and work. Alec talked about his multiple and varied experiences in the world of photography: As a photojournalist on assignment with Magnum, as a teacher and as an artist, as a maker of fine art books and as an independent publisher. Alec Soth & LBM have produced some of the most unique and innovative contemporary artists’ books of our age and continue to push boundaries and question the very nature and form of the book. For this evening, each of his projects was brought to life through examples of his work and also some of the influential printed matter that sparked the original ideas. Alec emphasized the importance of his collaborations with other artists, designers and even members of his own family. But what was really important to Alec it seems was the importance of the ‘experience’ of a project – enjoying it, learning from it and living it.

Alex Soth books

Vantage points :  campus as place / photographs by Beth Dow, Chris Faust, and Alec Soth. Exhibition held at the Carleton College Art Gallery, February 15 – March 10, 2002. Northfield, Minn. : Carleton College Art Gallery, 2002.

Sleeping by the Mississippi / Alec Soth ; essays by Patricia Hampl and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Göttingen : Steidl, 2004.

The factory / edited by Ian Jack.  (Chapter – The making of parts by Alec Soth). London : Granta, 2005.

Niagara / Alec Soth ; essays by Philip Brookman and Richard Ford. Göttingen : Steidl,  2006.

Fashion magazine : Paris-Minnesota / by Alec Soth.Paris, France : Magnum Photos, 2007.

Dog days Bogotá / Alec Soth. Göttingen :  Steidl / Edition7L, 2007.

Sheep / Alec Soth ; design and layout by Paul Schiek ; editing and sequence by Alec Soth. Oakland, CA : TBW Books,  2008.

One Mississippi / Alec Soth. Portland, Or. : Nazraeli Press, 2010. Volume no.63 of the series: Nazraeli Press one picture book.  Edition of 500.

One day – ten photographers / edited by Harvey Benge. Heidelberg : Kehrer, 2010.

From here to there : Alec Soth’s America / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / edited by Siri Engberg ; with texts by Geoff Dyer … [et al.]. Minneapolis, Minn. : Walker Art Center,  2010.

Brighton picture hunt / by Carmen and Alec Soth. Brighton : Photoworks, 2010.

Broken Manual / Lester B. Morrison & Alec Soth. [Saint Paul, Minn.] : Little Brown Mushroom ; Göttingen, Germany : Steidl, 2010.

Ash Wednesday, New Orleans / Alec Soth. Kanagawa, Japan / Super Labo,  2010.

The Auckland Project / John Gossage and Alec Soth. Santa Fe : Radius Books, 2011.

Rodarte : Catherine Opie, Alec Soth / [by Kate Mulleavy ... Ed. by Brian Philipps]. Zurich : JRP Ringier, 2011.

Mostly Women / Alec Soth. Portland, Oregon : Nazraeli, 2011.  Edition of 150. Nazraeli Press Six by Six series , Set 2 volume 5.

La belle dame sans merci / Alec Soth, cura di Marco Delogu ; [testo: Francesco Zanot]. [Rome] : Punctum, 2011.

Postcards from America :  San Antonio TX, Del Rio TX, Highway 90, El Paso TX, Bisbee AZ, Las Vegas NV, Fresno CA, Oakland CA / Alec Soth, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Mikael Subotzky, Mikhael Subotzky & Ginger Strand.New York, N.Y. : Magnum Photos, 2012.

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